This Was Brainerd - July 28

A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1922.

A boy sits atop a beautiful horse on an early street in Brainerd.
Dispatch archive


20 years ago (2002)

Last year's Relay for Life – an overnight fundraiser for cancer programs and research – was wiped out because of severe weather. Noon thunderstorms raised apprehension this year, but all was well as 750 people on 54 teams circled the high school track and raised $140,000, said Kathy Buxton, event co-chair.

30 years ago (1992)

Adding video slot machines to bars and restaurants is not the answer for business owners who say they are losing revenue to casinos, says a top official at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Brainerd resorters say they can't compete with the low-priced meals that casinos offer, subsidized by gambling proceeds.


40 years ago (1982)

In opening statements by county attorney Steve Rathke and defense attorney Jack Graham, the former Brainerd water and light superintendent is either guilty of deliberate embezzlement, or only of “embarrassing indiscretions.” The former superintendent and two others are on trial accused of illegal sales of scrap copper wire.

60 years ago (1962)

Persons living on the north shore of Squaw Point on Gull Lake got a shock this week when the lake in front of their homes became clogged with weeds. They drifted in on a northwesterly wind and prevent boats from going through them. Ernie Ritari, who owns 600 feet of shore, has already pulled 13 piles, each five feet high and eight feet wide.

80 years ago (1942)

Two Minneapolis men, Orlin Schwab and Lyle Kumph, posted heavy bond today with Sheriff Roy Wickland after their arrest for reckless driving. They were on Hwy 371 five miles south when driving at 80 mph, double the 40 mph limited decreed by Gov. Harold Stassen to save gas.

100 years ago (1922)

The city council met last night to address the bidding on the sewer to be built through the ravine out to Northeast Brainerd. Thirteen bids were opened. The labor group attending, 100 strong, asked that all bids be rejected and local labor employed. The council then met with the two lowest bidders and both said if contract awarded they would use local labor.


Read More TWB

What To Read Next
Get Local